Thursday 26 November 2015

We Are Awesome!

I am very pleased to announce that after a great discussion with the section leaders of the Band Program, we have moved forward with the creation of a Westwood Band Good Vibes account on Twitter.

Check out:  @wwbandgoodnotes

Here you will find only the positive supportive awesomeness that our band students are famous for.

See an event or are inspired by someone in class direct message @wwbandgoodnotes and they will post your message to the Twitter feed.

Let's light this up and make the magic of our program just a bit more public.

Monday 23 November 2015

Calling All Bruce Band Alumni

A note from Mrs. Johnson,

Hello, Bruce Band Alumni!

The Bruce Winter Concert is coming up on Wednesday, December 9th at 7pm.  All Bruce Band Alumni are invited to play a piece with the Grade 8s at the end the concert (~8pm).  I hope you are able to come and play with us!  We will not have a rehearsal.  You will be able to sight read the music.  Please let me know if you can come, so that I can plan appropriately.  :)

Looking forward to seeing you,

Mrs. Tara Johnson, Band Director
Bruce Middle School
Band Website:

Thursday 19 November 2015

Way to Go Ethan

The University of Winnipeg Men's Volleyball program is already preparing for the future. Men's Volleyball head coach Larry McKay is pleased to announce that Ethan Duncan has committed to the Wesmen Men's Volleyball team for the start of the 2016-2017 Canada West season next September.

Duncan a 6-6 outside hitter from Westwood Collegiate was named a West Winnipeg Athletic Conference All-Star in 2013 and 2015. This past September he was named an All-Star at the University of Winnipeg Varsity Boys' Volleyball Tournament. 

"Ethan is a good athlete with size in the outside hitting position. He has the potential to be a strong player in our league. Having played multiple sports previous to pursuing volleyball in the last year gives Ethan an expanded set of athletic skills in addition to his height", said Wesmen Men's Volleyball head coach Larry McKay.

Duncan has played volleyball for the past seven years and recently was a member of the Junior Bison's Club Team that qualified for the National Championships earlier this year. The team was coached by Wesmen Alumnus Cam Johnson. He has been awarded Male Athlete of the Year for six years in a row from Lincoln Middle School and Westwood Collegiate.

"Ethan is a very special athlete who excels in multiple sports. He has focused on volleyball for less than a year and has quickly established himself as one of the top attackers in the province. He has a tremendous upside and an intense desire to learn. The Westwood community is proud of him and excited to follow his career as a Wesmen", added Westwood Collegiate Varsity Boy's Volleyball head coach Brian Schmeichel.

Ethan has received many MVP awards aside from volleyball including basketball and ultimate.  He has excelled at ultimate for seven years and has participated in two Canadian High School Ultimate Championships. He has been a member of the Provincial Ultimate Team for three years and was recently invited to try out for the U20 Jr. National Ultimate Team for a spot on Team Canada for the World Juniors taking place in Poland next summer.

Duncan joins the impressive list of Westwood Collegiate Alumni who have worn a Wesmen uniform including current volleyball players Ryan Bisognano and Sonia Rossy.  Joey Vickery, Mark Johanson,  Gord Tucker and Will Parker to name a few played on the Wesmen Men's Basketball teams. Bruce Rannard was a member of the Men's Volleyball program and Leanne Toews is a past member of the Women's Volleyball Program.

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Symphonic and Grade 10 Concert Band

Here is part two of a multi-part series done for BBC about the Columbia Disaster in 2003 (knew you were alive).  If you are interested in learning more all 6 parts are on youtube.  Rather than explain it any further, I will let the people who were there do the talking.

If you are interested in the whole series:

Part 2 - Final descent - see above

Part 3 - The Aftermath

OR - here is the whole thing in HD - BBC Columbia Documentary

Thursday 12 November 2015

Section Leaders Meeting

Mandatory Section Leader's meeting @ 7:45AM in the Band room on Thursday Nov. 19th.  This involves section leaders from Concert Band and Jazz Band.

Thursday 5 November 2015

Brandon Jazz ON LINE

Brandon Jazz payment information is now online. For more information about the payment schedule, due dates and anything else relevant to the tour please click on the "Brandon 2016" link at the top of this page.

As always, if you have any questions about this event please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Edwards at your earliest convenience.

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